07 February 2018
HP just announced the two new upgraded Envy x2 and Spectre x360 at the CES 2018. From the look of the things it seems like the company's announcements are not stopping here, the company announced Z 3D camera accessory. A couple of years ago when HP Sprout was announced it was well appreciated because of its scanning capabilities, the company announced its iterative version as Sprout Pro G2. The second iteration was even more powerful which allows its user to 3D scan quite easily. It was one of the expensive machines which were available at $3,750.
During this year CES, the company brings most of the Sprout's feature in a PC accessory which just cost $599. So if you want 3D scanning device but don't want to spend whopping amount around $4K you can grab this accessory.
The upper portion of the Z 3D camera is exactly similar to Sprout lineup. Despite the fact, the camera named it as a Z camera but it shares look with an L. You have to attach it to the top of the monitor with a magnetic badge which allows you to scan objects in front of your machine.
As expected to be an accessory instead of product, the company toned down the tech for the Z 3D camera. It lacks Touch Mat which we have seen in the Sprout's lineup. The overall functionality of Z 3D camera is pretty much similar to the Sprout PC. The 3D slam tracking can also be utilized in VR apps as well. The camera has HP work tools built-in which brings a number of softwares to further facilitate your scanning.
It for sure will attract those buyers who were planning to spend $4,000 for a PC which allows 3D scanning. HP did a commendable job by bringing the feature as a PC accessory. However, the PC which will attach this accessory should be powerful. The company confirms the PC should have at least Core i7 chipset with 16GB RAM. As GPU, you should have at least Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M or with higher configuration. Only NVIDIA Graphics processing unit supports 3D rendering.
The HP Z and E series monitors support this accessory. As far as availability is a concern it will be released in March 2018 at a price tag of $599.